One officer, based in the North East, said: 'We are worried this weekend is going to be like the last days of Rome. If people think they are not going to be allowed to go out and enjoy themselves for the next few months, they are going to go crazy and we will be left picking up the pieces.' … [Read more...] about Now coronavirus rise spreads to the middle-aged: England is on the brink of losing control of Covid outbreak, warns SAGE adviser – as infections in the over-50s soar by 92 PER CENT
Middle ages review
Yvonne Doyle, medical director of PHE, said of the rise in cases among over-50s: "Although younger people continue to make up the greatest share of new cases, we're now starting to see worrying signs of infections occurring in the elderly, who are at far higher risk of getting seriously ill." … [Read more...] about Coronavirus surge in middle-aged Brits as cases in over-50s rocket by 92 per cent
Which brings us back to Broadway. Miriam turns up her nose at The Lion King and Phantom of the Opera as tourist attractions, though she belongs to the firmly middlebrow set that made the upbeat Hamilton a gargantuan hit and closed the edgy, challenging Slave Play after four months. Rudnick’s writing encapsulates and celebrates the worst instincts in this class of viewer, affirming where it should be confronting. The Danish film-maker Lars Von Trier says that a good film should be “like a rock in your shoe”, and the poet Cesar A Cruz declared the purpose of art “to disturb the comfortable and comfort the disturbed”. In this capacity, by the basic functioning of art, Rudnick and Roach have failed. As activists, doubly so. … [Read more...] about Coastal Elites review – is this the worst film of the year?
In The Shrine, Monica Dolan is Lorna, who might look like a vicar’s wife but is, like many of Bennett’s cardigan-wearing women, unexpectedly anti-authority. A widow trying to come to terms with her husband’s fatal motorcycle accident, she insists on visiting the roadside verge where he perished despite warnings from the police and the church. … [Read more...] about The Shrine and Bed Among the Lentils review – Manville and Dolan are magnificent
Throughout the novel, she experiments with perspective, grammatical tense and style. A rich cast of secondary characters populate the narrative, each chapter being told from a different point of view, and it is testament to the distinctiveness of the voices O’Farrell creates that she is able to move the reader seamlessly between them. One chapter is devoted to an auction catalogue of Claudette’s possessions – replete with photographs of each item – a haunting dissection of a celebrity’s life. In less skilful hands, these shifts in perspective and style might feel jarring or unnerving, but O’Farrell’s technical grasp of her material – and her characters – is so tight, so confident, that she moves the reader flawlessly from the perspective of a middle-aged alcoholic to a confused teenage girl. … [Read more...] about This Must Be the Place by Maggie O’Farrell review – technically dazzling